Pretty in Pink!

Karen Leslie Art

I’ve added a couple of new prints to my Etsy shop, and today the theme is PINK! 

This piece is #2 in my Celtic Knot series (#1 is here). This particular knot consists of several entwined hearts, so I felt it was a good choice to represent love! The background is watercolor in pinks and purples, with touches of blue and orange for interest. The knot itself is outlined in red, with matching red dots. 


This piece is #1 in my Inspirational series: Life is Sweet! Again, the background is colored in pink watercolors, with the words “Life is Sweet” over it in deep magenta. What better way to remind yourself of the joy that we have available to us here on Earth? There will be more inspirational artworks like this in the future! :)


This next one is an older piece, but one I really love! (Notice…

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Solar Panels…powered by bacteria!


Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a cool new innovation in the field of solar power – bacteria!

solar-panels-1477987_960_720Solar cells are great for harvesting energy from the sun, but the drawback is that they have a drastic drop in efficiency on cloudy days or situations with dim light. There are certain types of bacteria that produce a natural dye that helps them convert light energy into food, and scientists had experimented with extracting this dye for use in solar technology. Extracting the dye proved difficult and costly, so they decided on a more elegant solution–putting the bacteria themselves into the solar cells!

These new solar panels are called “biogenic” because they are a hybrid of technology and nature. How cool is that?

bacteriaThis could be a great solution for parts of the world that would benefit from solar power, but have too many overcast days to currently…

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Bee Saving Paper!


We’ve all heard of the problems honey bees have been facing lately, and it’s imperative to our world that we protect this super important pollinator. One company has developed a unique and unexpected bee saving solution: paper!

This bee saving paper is made with a special type of sugar that is easily digestible by bees, so they can get a snack while they’re out on pollen patrol. It’s covered with UV-sensitive red spots that are highly visible to bees, and it even has seeds embedded into the fibers to grow new wildflowers after the paper decomposes!

I love seeing the positive and unique solutions people have come up with to solve some of our modern problems! Be sure to check out the maker’s website here: Bee Saving Paper



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Five Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Stories Inspired By Philip Kapneck

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These five ribbon cutting ceremonies are inspiration for businesses moving to a new area or for startups. A ribbon cutting helps to get an introduction to the area, to local business owners and staff, and to the local community.

Here is a story about Philip Kapneck, an inspiration for the growth of ribbon cuttings for businesses, events, schools, universities, and building and arena openings.


philip kapneck ribbon cutting. Philip Kapneck ribbon cutting inspiration.

Philip Kapneck Cuts Another Ribbon

Philip Kapneck, the Maryland Trade Ambassador, reintroduced ribbon cutting ceremonies to Maryland businesses in 1976. This was documented in the NewsBlaze story, Philip Kapneck’s Ribbon Cutting Creates Celebration.

So many ribbons were cut, celebrating the opening of new businesses in Maryland, that “Philip Kapneck” and “Ribbon Cutting” are still often mentioned in the same breath.

Here are four recent inspiring ribbon cuttings that were good for local communities.


dynamic incubator dynamic incubator ribbon cutting.


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How to shoot Soccer on iPhone X — Apple

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How to shoot Soccer on iPhone X — Apple

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Energiefestival Blowlands op Windpark Nijmegen-Betuwe

[ 15/06/2018 16:00 tot 16/06/2018 16:00. ] Vrijdag 15 en zaterdag 16 juni barst Windpark Nijmegen-Betuwe van nieuwe energie tijdens Energiefestival Blowlands.

Blowlands is dé plek voor iedereen in de regio Arnhem-Nijmegen die meer wil weten over lokaal opgewekte duurzame energie en hiervoor zelf in actie wil komen.

Bij Blowlands ontmoet je de nieuwe energiemakers: mensen uit de regio Arnhem-Nijmegen die de energietransitie […]

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Conferentie Nederland Waterstofland: Groene Waterstof van Water en Duurzame Energie

[ 01/06/2018; 15:00; ] Nederland staat aan de vooravond van grote veranderingen. Fossiele brandstoffen maken plaats voor onder meer wind- en zonne-energie. Maar hoe zorgen we dat energie altijd op het juiste moment op de juiste plaats beschikbaar is?

Groene waterstof gemaakt van water en van duurzaam opgewekte elektriciteit is daarvoor een belangrijke oplossing.

Juist Nederland heeft hiervoor met […]

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